UF Law Student Completes Rigorous Everglades Ecology Internship
University of Florida law student Scott Holtz, pictured left, of Plantation, was one of four college students who recently completed the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation’s award-winning Everglades ecology internship. Holtz, 23, spent 11 weeks studying the history, hydrology and geology of the Everglades, and improved a wetland area at the South Florida Science Museum. He completed the prestigious program on Aug. 2, before returning to Gainesville to begin his second year at the Levin College of Law.
“One of the areas of law I’d like to explore is environmental and land use law,” said Holtz. “This internship was invaluable in preparing me to do that.”
The Arthur R. Marshall Foundation’s Summer Intern Program began in 2002 and is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in the environmental sciences. Other students who took part in the program this year were David Cox, of Miami, Kristina Richards, of Palm City, and Diana Aranda, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The interns made numerous trips to the Everglades where they conducted field work and met with key professionals and decision-makers involved in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Among the mentors who donated time to the program were U.S. Congressman Ron Klein, State Senator Dave Aronberg and world renowned author and ecologist Dr. Stuart Pimm.
The program was led by Primary Mentors John Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, and Senior Scientist Tom Poulson.
“I’m so proud of the 2007 Intern Class,” said John Marshall, who created the non-profit Marshall Foundation in 1998 with the mission of restoring the Everglades through education and public outreach. “This incredibly talented group of young people exemplifies the main goal of this internship, which is to create well-rounded environmental professionals capable of making sound decisions about South Florida’s future.”
Alumni of the internship have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in the environmental sciences, and take advantage of other unique educational opportunities. Adam Fox, a 2003 Marshall Foundation Intern, won a Fulbright Grant to study wetlands in Israel while Chris Patterson, who completed the internship in 2006, is working for Americorps restoring farmland in Oregon’s Klamath Basin.